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Westminster paedos and celebrity nonces: of 1,433 alleged offenders not a single one is a policeman

by | 21st, May 2015

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Westminster paedos: a look at reporting on the story of historical sex abuse gone unpunished.

The Guardian tells us that since Sir Jimmy Savile was dug up, stripped of his knighthood and beaten with sticks, 1,400 people have been investigated for child sex abuse.

That sound a lot. It might even be too much to actuall fund. Talk of a paedophile amnesty would be on the cards were the issue not so toxic. And, then, if you investigate the suspect, do you also investigate those who turned away and failed the victims?

The Guardian sums up:

Officer leading Operation Hydrant inquiry says out of 1,433 alleged offenders 76 were politicians, 43 were from music industry and 135 were from TV, film or radio

We love a celebrity nonce, reserving for them extra space in the nation’s news organs. It’s as if we now consider being raped by a face worse than being raped by a parent or stranger. The Guardian leads its report wih a montage of the great and bad. We see TV weatherman Fred Talbot, Gary Glitter a man we knew was peadophile before Savile died, the stubbornly mute and innocent-til-dead Jimmy Savile, the revolting Rolf Harris, the BBC’s Stuart Hall and the depraved Max Clifford.

Who else we got, then?

The scale of alleged child abuse across society – both recent and non-recent – was stark, said Ch Const Simon Bailey, who runs Operation Hydrant, the national coordinating team overseeing the various inquiries.

The scale of alleged abuse can be as big as you want it to be. It’s the scale of convictions we want to see.

Bailey warned that the number of victims could run into the hundreds of thousands, and called for much more support for survivors of child abuse. He said he believed that the enormous increase in reports of all types of child sexual abuse – which have risen by 71% since 2012 to 116,000 reports this year – was not just down to more victims coming forward.

Don’t tell us it’s down to the trusty coppers?

Bailey said the figures were stark. “This year I am anticipating an estimated 116,000 reports of child sexual abuse will be received, that is a 71% increase since 2012, so it gives you some idea of the scale of this.

“What we are seeing is an absolutely unprecedented increase in the number of reports that are coming forward. That has brought about a step-change in the way the police service has had to deal with this. We are rising to and meeting the challenge, this is what Operation Hydrant is about.”

Bailey says paedos are operating in new ways that require new police tactics and more cash. But of the 116,000 reports of child sexual abuse this year, 52,446 are allegations of sexual abuse in the past.

How can they all be investigated fully? And while we boggle at the numbers, we realise that abuse went on for so long because instututions ignored it which

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