Might is Right!
This article has now been updated as things have changed since it was first written.
Recently, there have been a number of high profile abuse cases involving very prominent people, including show business celebrities, politicians and even whole Churches.
Dead or in Jail
Some of those accused of abusing children have now died, though others are still alive and have gone to jail after being found guilty in court.
Unfit To Stand Trial
The latest person to be accused of abuse of young boys is not going to go to court. He has been found to be suffering from Alzheimer's dementia and so unfit to be tried. The accusations were first made against him over 20 years ago, maybe even 30 years. He was a Member of Parliament at the time, a lawyer (a senior lawyer because he was a Queen's Counsel) and a member of the British Board of Deputies. The accusations were made against him during the trial of a man who was subsequently found guilty of child abuse, sent to prison and who died there. At the time, this accused man said he would sue any newspaper that printed these lies about him and everything has been quiet in the media about him since then. He is now about 87 years old and has been suffering from dementia. The local police have built a case against him but before it can go to court, it has to be looked at by the Public Prosecutor's office. UPDATE: Since this was written, the decision not to take it to court has been overturned. It WILL now go to court and if the person is found unfit to stand trial, a "trial of the facts" will be held, where those who allege they were injured by this man will have their opportunity to speak in court, although, I don't think there will be a "guilty or innocent" verdict at the end. I am not quite sure what the outcome of this will be, as I have not seen one of these before .
The public prosecutor is the person who decides whether there is enough evidence in a case to warrant going to trial and whether there is a realistic chance of winning. In this case, while the Public prosecutor felt that the case would ordinarily have gone to court, they could not do so here because the defendant would not be able to understand the proceedings or defend himself.
Closure For The Victims
The alleged victims of this man are furious. They will not now be able to give their stories in a court of law ( Update: they will now get their day in court - see above ). The Public Prosecutor has suggested that they will be able to testify in a commission that has been set up to investigate what has been termed historic child abuse. It won't be the same but at least they will get to tell their stories.
Might is Right
Victims of child abuse have had to wait many years to get their tormentors prosecuted. They were not believed or no one was prepared to help and in many cases, the "establishment" ignored or covered up the wrong doing. This particular accused man was even appointed to the House of Lords after he retired from being an MP! There have been too many cases where powerful people have been able to get away with criminal activity because of their power, who they knew and their money for silencing talk. Some things are changing now but not fast enough for justice to be seen to be done, at least in this case.
In the responses to the original article it was suggested that an even more high profile figure would be named. This has now happened as a former Prime Minister of the UK, now dead has been accused of child sexual abuse! There will be more to come on this.
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cmoneyspinner wrote on April 16, 2015, 7:47 PM
Tragic. Sad. Unjust. Wrong. But you did say "things are changing". Better late than never.
allen0187 wrote on April 16, 2015, 8:18 PM
Justice delayed is justice denied. This is just plain wrong in my opinion.
bestwriter wrote on April 17, 2015, 4:40 AM
If you have done something wrong the best is that you are dragged to court. You will never be punished (lol)
maxeen wrote on April 17, 2015, 11:11 AM
There is a surprise coming ! Sooner rather than later! As a very big fish will be named.
MegL wrote on April 17, 2015, 12:42 PM
Even bigger than this one?
WordChazer wrote on April 17, 2015, 3:20 PM
I met at least one of the people on that list while he was still rather well known. I count myself lucky that he merely kissed my hand. I disliked him anyway, even before I met him, but now I know why. Creepy bloke. Yet another reason why I dislike paying my licence fee, because so many of the names were employed by the Corporation.
maxeen wrote on April 17, 2015, 5:45 PM
You bet !!
HappyLady wrote on May 10, 2015, 1:36 AM
We forget how people approached things in previous generations. I was trapped in his bedsit by a college lecturer with bad intentions in the late seventies. I escaped because my boyfriend rang the bell. I complained to my personal tutor. The response, "Oh the silly,silly man." It never occurred to me I could do more. People also talked highly of the teacher who drunkenly tried to put his hand down my dress neckline at the school leaving party. Some boys stopped him. Now that would be a a scandal. We also all knew a teacher going out with a student. Both the men I talk about are dead, but it was only in the last ten years ago I felt able to recognise or talk about things that happened. We just brushed things that happened to us under the carpet and as victims often do, thought it was our fault. Now there is more education and better awareness.
ViperGirl85 wrote on May 28, 2015, 3:49 PM
That's sad, and I hope the victims do get the closure they deserve.