Today a tweet caught my attention - it was made by FACT (Falsely accused carers and Teachers) and concerned payments made by Cardiff Council to seven men following allegations of sexual abuse against a teachers dating back to the 60's and 70's !
What took my interest to begin with was that the council had been making these payments since 2011 by way of an out of court settlement without admitting liability. The teacher, David Leighton Davies was charged and imprisoned for sexual offences against three fifteen year old boys in 1977 and died in 1980 not long after his release !
It is not clear how or what motivated the seven to bring claims against the authority when they did and, maybe I don't need to know, but, it's the timing that interests me, it's the 2011 bit !
I looked back at what else was going on in 2011 and early 2012 and I found this !
On 6 May 2012, the CPS secured convictions in Operation Span in Rochdale, the first case to start a serious debate about grooming and sexual exploitation of young and vulnerable victims. The defendants in that case were found guilty of serious serial sexual abuse, including multiple rapes, and sentences as long as 19 years were imposed on the main protagonists. But the case only succeeded because an earlier decision not to proceed, taken in 2009, was re-examined and reversed.
BLIMEY THAT LAST LINE REMINDS ME OF another CPS decision made in 2009 !
The above is taken from a statement made by the then DPP Keir Starmer on 6th March 2013 whose header includes the words 'time for a national consensus'. A few paragraphs later he announces
Soon after the CPS review of the Rochdale grooming case, allegations of serial sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile began to circulate. As did other allegations
What ? the JS 'allegations began to circulate' in September 2012 ? Is this guy for real ? Here is a little bit of information about the Rochdale case extracted from the September 2012 review that Starmer refers to. To say the 'victims' in this case were badly let down is to put it very mildly !!
Here's what happened to 'Susie'
TWO YEARS later !
NB in May 2011 the Munro Review took place - the same Munro who disagrees with Mandatory Reporting - hold that thought !
Then, sometime between May and October 2011
Mr Starmer's conclusion about the handling of 'Susie's case
The NSPCC is nowhere on the list and neither are any of the victims whose voices we are constantly told are being listened to !
Good luck with finding the addendum !
In short, Mr S acknowledges that a certain group of youngsters have been let down. They are NOT children and they are not adults, they are something in between and that is why they had, up to then, slipped through the non net of child services etc ! We're not told how old 'Susie' is but it's obvious that she is a young teenager possibly 13 or 14 when the abuse began ? Strange how a year later and pregnant she was no longer considered a 'child in need' focus now being placed on her baby instead !
If anyone is still in any doubt that YEWTREE WAS NOTHING WHATSOVER TO DO WITH JIMMY SAVILE consider this :
WHO IS MR STARMER apologising to here ?
I repeat a FACT I have cited several times already. The Police and the NSPCC spent approx 70 working days to produce it's findings in relation to claims made against Sir Jimmy Savile. The Television programme was aired in October 2012 some eight months after The Oldie Magazine 'outed' Jimmy and, ONE MONTH after the Rochdale Review was completed !
Meanwhile, in charity childline land Esther Rantzin had this to say about the Cardiff case
ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen said councils should publicise these settlements, saying transparency was "absolutely fundamental" for several reasons.
"One is in the interests of the victims, they want it to be absolutely clear they've been believed and that action has been taken to compensate them for the terrible crimes committed against them.
"But once they hear that people have come forward and been believed this inspires them to come forward.
"That's happened with the Savile victims, we know that, and with other people who are survivors of abuse."
What of the Rochdale victims - who are they suing ?
Lawyer speaks about Rochdale abuse caseThe teenage victims of a grooming ring are considering suing social services. They say their local council failed to protect them. Five girls were abused by the gang in Heywood in Rochdale. Nine men were jailed for a total of 77 in May.