Survivors of historical child abuse have
accused First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of “walking by on the other
side” after she declined their request for a meeting.
The group In-Care Abuse Survivors
(Incas) said the Scottish Government had “promised much, but delivered
little” since setting up an inquiry into the abuse of children in care
Survivors want the remit of the inquiry
extended as well as a manifesto commitment from the SNP to remove a
three-year time bar on bringing civil actions.
Labour MSP Iain Gray said: “By excluding
the majority of survivors from the inquiry, dragging their feet on the
removal of the time bar and repeatedly refusing to meet with survivors
to discuss their concerns, the Scottish Government is jeopardising its
own inquiry. Source Scotsman
Alan Draper, of In Care Abuse Survivors Scotland (Incas)
One of the largest groups representing
those who claim they were abused by the people who were supposed to
protect them said education secretary Angela Constance had repeatedly
let them down.
In Care Abuse Survivors (Incas) said
they had lost all faith in the Scottish Government, because of a failure
to lift the time bar currently preventing many victims from seeking
civil redress. In addition the group said the government had had to go
back on promises to review the law regarding people abused before 1964
who can never take legal action as the law stands.
Campaigners are also angry that the
government has refused to extend its inquiry to cover people abused in
Alan Draper, Incas parliamentary liaison
officer said: “The Education Secretary, Angela Constance, promised to
have regular contact, but ignored survivors for eight months, and then
produced a pre-prepared press release , which bore no relation to the
discussion that had taken place. Survivors felt that this heaped
contempt on top of inaction.”
He claimed Justice minister Paul
Wheelhouse had promised to engage in discussions to remove the time bar,
but was only planning to deliver a draft bill before the Scottish
“Paul Wheelhouse [ Justice] promised to
engage in discussions to remove the Time Bar. The government did produce
a consultation document, but then failed to involve survivors in the
outcome,” Mr Draper said.
Meanwhile Nicola Sturgeon had refused to
meet survivors, he added. “The First Minister appears indifferent to
the concerns of survivors, or has not been properly briefed by her
“The government have promised much , but
delivered little, and the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon, is now
‘walking by on the other side’.
He said Incas wanted to see a specific commitment to changing the law included in the SNP manifesto.
“INCAS’s oldest member has waited over
80 years for justice, and is being failed again by an uncaring
government,” he said. “Survivors have lost hope and have lost trust in
Michael Murray, 73, was abused
physically and sexually when he was 11, in an approved school in
Gartmore, by Stirling in the 1950s. As his abuse claim dates prior to
1964, he is unable to take civil action over the case, and having
already undergone a heart bypass and having been diagnosed with vascular
dementia, he knows he may never see justice.
He said he remained likely to take part in the inquiry, but was angry about its failings.
Scottish Labour Opportunity spokesperson
Iain Gray said: “When Scottish survivors of abuse say that the First
Minister is ‘walking by on the other side’ then the time has come for
her to stop and reconsider her government’s treatment of their concerns.
“By excluding the majority of survivors
from the inquiry, dragging their feet on the removal of the time bar,
failing to address the concerns of pre-1964 abuse survivors and
repeatedly refusing to meet with survivors to discuss their concerns the
Scottish Government is jeopardising their own inquiry.”
Mr Gray said the restriction of the
inquiry to only people abused in residential care compared unfavourably
with more far-reaching inquiries in other countries. “Survivors feel the
Scottish inquiry falls far short of the justice being provided in
England and Wales, and that is not good enough”
A Scottish Government spokesman said:
“This inquiry is one of the widest ranging public inquiries that
Scotland has ever seen with full powers to compel witnesses to give
evidence. We have already widened the scope to include a wide range of
care settings and all instances of abuse (not just sexual). Ministers
have been determined to ensure survivors don’t lose hope that it will
report back within a reasonable timescale.
“Scottish Government officials and
Ministers have engaged extensively with survivors and continue to do so.
We have consulted key stakeholders, including survivors, on the issue
of time bar.
The Education Secretary met with
survivors on February 11, 2016 and the Minister for Community Safety and
Legal Affairs will meet with them on March 14, 2016.
The Bill will be published after this
meeting at a launch event hosted by the Moira Anderson Foundation. We
have always said there are considerable human rights challenges with
cases before September 1964 but we will continue to work to look at
other types of solutions.
“We are one of the only countries in the
world to have dedicated funding for survivors of abuse. In addition to
the inquiry, we are providing an extra £13.5 million funding for in care
survivor support alongside the services we already provide across
Scotland.” Source Herald
STRONGER FOR SCOTLAND?
That’s a joke.. Stronger for Scotland?
Aye…. Unless you are a survivor or a child?!!
EXACTLY WHO’S SIDE ARE THE SNP ON?
BECAUSE IT SURE AS HELL AIN’T THE PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND’S
I stand with the survivors
The SNP are as corrupt as the rest
THEY ARE COVERIN UP THE PAEDOPHILIA
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