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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Jersey politicians vote in favour of an abuse inquiry

  A Committee of Inquiry in to historical child abuse in Jersey will go ahead.

States of Jersey
Members voted in favour of an inquiry

After far too much prevarication and avoidance, the States finally take the right decision and agree an inquiry. It is not the final solution, but at least it is a step towards uncovering the real facts behind the vile scandal which has been a stain on Jersey for some years.There are those who argue that such an inquiry is a waste of money, or that wrong doing took place in many places in the 60s 70s and 80s, and that the enquiry will no doubt prove it so "why waste money just the final report to "state the bleeding obvious".

Many bones have been discovered buried in ash at Haut de la Garenne in Jersey.
Haut de la Garenne

The critics miss, perhaps intentionally, the whole point. It is not just a question of confirming that abuse did in fact take place. The victims have already established that. The questions that demand answers are of course numerous, but above all others it is essential that the identity of those involved in these crimes is revealed, no matter what their position in Jersey society or in the "establishment" may be. It is also essential that those, perhaps not actually involved in the physical abuse, but part of the conspiracy of silence to to cover up the crimes and protect the identities of the perpetrators. The conspirators are equally guilty. These issues will not go away until charges are brought and convictions are secured. The few low profile "sacrificial lambs" convicted to date are only the tip of the iceberg. As I have argued before, the guilty parties know that their days of hiding in the slime and shadows are coming to an end. It is not just a question of the "financial" cost of the inquiry