Dame Lowell Goddard resigns – Can the inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse maintain momentum?
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News broke yesterday of the resignation Dame Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand judge appointed by the Government to head the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The Inquiry has a troubled history. Dame Goddard is the third chairwoman to depart the multi million pound investigation.
This is a bad blow for the Inquiry but it has been making progress and it must continue to do its work for survivors of child abuse. This was a national inquiry stretching back sixty years, which had already set itself thirteen separate investigations into churches, local authorities and central government. It dwarfed all previous inquiries by its sheer scale and it may well rival the Chilcott inquiry in the length of time that it will take. No-one ever thought it was going to be easy.
All this is unsurprising, as the latest Crime Survey from the Office for National Statistics has just reported that some six million adults in England and Wales have suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse. The Government promised a wide-ranging investigation and we all need to see it through.
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