Fernbridge Failures.

“Lessons learnt” blah blah, “Line in the sand” blah blah, “Mistakes have been made” blah blah blah blah.

Those abused by a child sex ring linked to alleged VIP paedophiles last night blasted the “inadequate, ill-conceived” support offered since a fresh police probe began, the Sunday People reports.

One said that after re-living harrowing memories of being molested three decades ago he was simply handed a list of charity phone numbers to call himself.

The man, who we are calling Sam, told Exaro, the investigative website: “The trauma caused by the police contacting people over events that took place 30 years ago is worse than the event itself.

“The police did conduct the interview with sensitivity. It is the system that fails. It is essential that support is put in place immediately after a historical trawl.”

There are calls for Chancellor George Osborne to provide funds in Wednesday’s budget for victim support services to help people sexually abused as children and drawn into historic abuse allegations.

The People

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  2. Sam

    Dear God, to be handed a scrap of paper with some charity phone numbers on it after having to rehash obscenely traumatising crimes…WTF is wrong with the police? The courts? social services? NHS? etc etc. As if half an hour on the blower to the NSPCC will make any difference.

    Our ‘society’ is terminally infested by call centres, helplines, customer support…many of which do the exact opposite of their misleading names. Easy route for those intent on fob offs. It’s all talk, talk, talk.

    Why does no one actually DO anything these days? Pop round and make a nice cuppa and sit with you whilst you’re sobbing your guts up and ranting about the latest re-victimisation they’ve inflicted on you? Come round the next day and help you write killer complaints, make appts to see MPs, CEOs and Chief Constables, and help gather people around to set up a strong, pro-active kind-services-for-victims campaign org?

    …you know, all the sorts of things you’d expect institutions like the NSPCC, Victim Support, Social Services etc etc to be involved in. Except they aren’t – their mission in life seems to be victim management (aka silencing victims and taking them out of the arena).

    Sorry Andy and all, I’ve had a taste (well, several years of indigestible meals actually) of our third sector and how charities most often work to support the callous dysfunctions of public services. Sometimes a rant is necessary. I think it’s also necessary for victims to keep on speaking up about the way things actually work: always against victims – nothing can possibly improve if we don’t.

  3. Enna

    There seems to be a lot of different Ops, Op this and Op that, the Police have been provided with names of possible abusers and a handful of them have been arrested and bailed, but what else are they doing? It appears to me that the victims of abuse are treated with utter contempt by the police and msm and yet the accused are free to come and go as they please, and the majority of them have not even been approached. Am I wrong, have I mis-judged the police and their Ops? Is there more going on behind the scenes, or are they stalling for time in the hopes we will all become desensitized to the plight of the victims? It goes round and round with talk of future arrests yet nothing seems to materialise, what is taking so long? The victims have suffered and waited for years for some kind of justice or even acknowledgment to take place, yet it seems like they are receiving yet more abuse from the people who are supposed to protect them, and still the abuse continues on a massive scale and the guilty go free.

  4. Diogenes the Cynic

    Looks like the more the police delay arresting the culprits, the more the people decide to do the job themselves. A ‘citizen journalist’ has been pretending to be a teenage girl, and then he lures them to a place where he records an interview with them and accuses them of coming there for sex with a minor. His videos are being taken down, but the police are arresting some his ‘victims’. Here is a Tory Councillor who came to meet him thinking he was a teenage girl.

    http://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2013/03/18/lichfield-councillor-ian-lewin-arrested-over-alleged-sexual-offence/

    Should put off a few online predators.

  5. chilternsman

    Finally here goes:

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/justice_for_sexually_abused_children_in_the_UK_1/

    With thanks to Sabre and Dr. Tig

    I don’t do Twitter or Facebook so I am somewhat limited myself so over to you folks!!

  6. andy

    Thank you guys for the kind comments.
    Andy

  7. Wrathful Dakini.

    I echo John’s sentiments, Andy.

    Take care. x

    • Mudplugger

      Ditto – there’s lots of us here who can’t get our heads round what you endured, Andy, but who want to acknowledge the strength you’re displaying. Sadly you’re not alone in what you suffered, but more positively, you’re not alone in your recovery either. Stay strong.

  8. john carey

    Andy, what can one say? – but sorry for people (professionals?) being useless – I have something to say to you – but will send to gojam to send to you – but keep your chin up !!!!!

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  10. andy

    As a survivor my self i have had first hand experience of this, forced to attend a trial first as a witness and then after threatening to not attend i became a victim in said trial.
    Throughout the whole process i was not offered any counseling or any other support.
    There was a little help from the Cardiff SARC(sexual assault referral center) but they knew very little in my opinion, and as there were complications with my case which is also historical they seemed mystified by my situation and could not offer any solutions.
    Thing is i know that my abuser will be offered all the help and support that he needs to help him, this is some thing that really pisses me off and says a lot about how the system works.
    As for the police i found that they were only interested in a conviction, oh they promised to help but lets get the trial out of the way and well you can guess what happend.
    I really do feel that supporting and empowering the victim should be much more important providing treatment/counselling for the offender because sexual abuse is the worst thing that can happen to a child and in so many cases prevents them from becoming responsible adults and is almost always manifests itself through self medication such as herion/alcohol.
    Andy

    • john carey

      Well said Andy, it really does annoy me that children charities like Barnardos and the NSPCC `sell` themselves as acting for the `kid` well they fucking don`t.
      NSPCC were working with the police in the Saville investigation and report, bet your bottom dollar they have not set up counselling for the victims who came forward.
      Andy, you forget prison – lots of kids end up in the prison system because of abuse – makes me very angry!

      • andy

        I know as i was one of them and for 20 years i carried it around with me(suppressed), thing is the police and social services knew that i had been abused and they even sent him down for interfering with me as a child even though they had not even spoken to me about it, in fact because i was not able to talk about my abuse(at that age i had nether the language or articulation needed to recount what had happend), the police then went on to tell not only my parents but my legal guardians(ss) that i had not been abused and that i was having a homosexual relationship with him( i was 13 he was 40).

        As you can see there is a lot wrong with this picture, firstly the only reason i can see for them doing this is because i was not able to talk about my abuse(there was another who was able to talk and so my abuser was questioned and admitted to interfering with me and the other guy), this is discrimination of the highest order.
        Why would you do that to a child, not only a child but a very vulnerable one at that, simply because i did not have the courage or words to describe what i had been through.

        After getting into trouble with the police they used to say to me, andy why do you misbehave all the time?, whats wrong with you?, seems silly now.

        I mean how as a police officer or social worker would you not only allow this to happen but continue to lie when you can see that said individual is going off the rails, i must say at this point that i know this because i have a recored of my ss planning meeting notes and in it it says so clear as day but the thing is this info was given to a room full of social workers and not one of them picked up on the fact that in law a 13 year old boy that is under a care protection order to protect me from violence of my alcoholic mother can not be having a homosexual relationship with a 40 year old that you have imprisoned for sexually assaulting me.

        They seemed shocked that i started self medicating with herion and whatever else i could get my grubby little hands on.

        You really couldn’t make this shit up.

        As for going to prison, that was a good thing for me(i was almost illiterate before but got to reading up to 7-8 good size books a week) but was still repressing my memories of abuse.

        thats all for now(takes it out of me)
        Andy

      • Jeremy Stocks

        You might want to check out what Chris Spivey has to say about the NSPCC.

  11. Wrathful Dakini.

    While the issue that Exaro has brought to our attention is a serious one, that of the effects on sexual abuse survivors of re-living their abuse, the article could play into the hands of those who wish to keep the lid on the full story of these paedophile rings.

    How long before someone says ‘Best not to investigate these historic cases because of the pain caused to the victims now’ ?

    As a survivor myself, from abuse by a relative, the whole issue of disclosure was fraught, emotionally wrecking and destructive to my relationship with my family, most of whom no longer speak to me.

    To have the police turning up to investigate, fantastic…but the issue of powerlessness could be exacerbated, and emotional turmoil increased.

    Difficult.

    More services for survivors are needed, [those who are helping thew police and those who are not] but at a time when mental health seems to be the Cinderella of health services, how likely is it to happen, particularly with the heartless, hypocritical government we have at present ?

    Thanks for the blog Gojam, yours is one I always look at.

    • WD thank you,

      I know what you say is correct. Ultimately disclosure has to be the decision of the individual but if that individual does decide to go public then they need the support. It would be a tragedy if those who have been abused feel under pressure to come forward.

      I also know that there are some survivors who would rather this was not happening, they’ve moved on with their lives and this isn’t welcome.

      Obviously not everyone is going to be happy regardless of what happens. I hope that those that want to get on with their lives can do so, those that want justice, get it, but perhaps more importantly children now and in the future are safer.