With the appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss to head the overarching independent ‘Hillsborough’ style Inquiry into historical child abuse allegations, and much being made of her previous chairmanship of the Cleveland Inquiry into child abuse scandal during the late 1980s, it seemed like a good opportunity to post up Tim Tate’s excellent and informative film, ‘Cleveland- Unspeakable Truths’ which I highly recommend readers of this blog watch.
I’m also very grateful to Tim, who produced and directed the film, for the comment below in relation to the Cleveland Inquiry chaired by Baroness Butler-Sloss, and allowing me to reproduce it here.
“When Elizabeth Butler-Sloss headed the Cleveland Enquiry she allowed Whitehall to set a remit which excluded the key question: how many of the 121 children had been abused. To that extent the Enquiry (which cost £5 million) was somewhat pointless. It also – and rather strangely – took evidence from an advocate of paedophilia – Ralph Underwager – without his views being made clear or challenged. I hope that her new – and very much needed – enquiry is not hamstrung with a narrowly-drawn remit. And whilst I hope that it takes evidence from the widest possible pool of witnesses, if paedophile rights advocates are to have their say they should do so in the full light of understanding about their views and their criminal records (if any).” – Tim Tate