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Scottish Labour is calling for a public inquiry into historical sexual abuse. Please find below a press release that was issued by Graeme Pearson MSP yesterday.
Jenny Marra MSP
North East Scotland
Shadow Minister for Youth Employment and Deputy Finance
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
Tel: 0131 348 6427
15/16 Springfield, Dundee, DD1 4JE
Tel: 01382 202584
News from Scottish Labour
For immediate release.
Justice for Survivors of Child Abuse
Scottish Labour’s Spokesperson for Justice, Graeme Pearson, has called for justice for the survivors of Child Abuse in Scotland, saying:
“Theresa May has apologised this week to survivors for resignations relating to her Public Inquiry into historical child abuse.
“Meanwhile the Scottish Government continues duck and weave on the issue, refusing our demands to hold a public inquiry to enable us all to know what is the situation here in Scotland, and how can we protect vulnerable young people in our care today.
“Survivors have bravely fought for years to be heard and Scottish Labour has supported their calls for an inquiry. The SNP declare they stand for social justice in Scotland – if so why don’t they initiate a public inquiry now into historical child abuse?
“The buck has been repeatedly passed in Scotland between Mr Macaskill, Mr Russell and Ms Cunningham in the Scottish government. The time for justice is now. It is time someone in government acted in this matter.”
Notes to Editors
The UK Government is holding a public inquiry into child sex abuse. This inquiry will not extend to Scotland because these issues are devolved.
The Scottish Government has not committed to holding a public inquiry. Rather, Mike Russell at the end of last month said there should be “a review of the added value of carrying out a national inquiry into historic abuse” – no commitment to an inquiry at all.
Scottish Labour have repeatedly called for an inquiry and held a member’s debate led by Graeme Pearson on this on 30th April this year.
The motion Scottish Labour brought forward for debate was:
“That the Parliament acknowledges the continuing efforts of survivors of historic institutional child abuse, including those in South Scotland, to access justice; recognises that many survivors continue to suffer from the legacy of the abuse that they experienced; believes that, while some steps have been taken to address historic child abuse, much more needs to be done; notes the deliberations of the Public Petitions Committee in its consideration of Petition PE1351, Time for all to be heard, since it was lodged in August 2010; welcomes the publication by the Scottish Human Rights Commission of its Action Plan on Justice for Victims of Historic Abuse of Children in Care; notes that the main aims of the action plan are to achieve acknowledgement and accountability for historical institutional child abuse; further notes that a number of options exist for improving accountability, including a full public inquiry, the establishment of a survivors’ support fund and tackling the barrier of the time bar in allowing survivors access to justice, and notes calls for action to improve support for survivors of historic institutional child abuse and allow them access to justice”
David Scott BEng, AMICE, CEng, MIStructE, MIES