If Barbara Hearn reads this she will know that we’ve had no personal contact and I hope she’ll excuse me for the title.
I’m not going to slag off Barbara Hearn, who as far as I can see has worked tirelessly on behalf of survivors for the last 2 years.
But others have attempted to do so. If Barabara Hearn was the only current panel member being undermined behind the scenes then maybe, perhaps I’d have given it more credence than it deserves but she is not alone. She is just one of five CSA Inquiry panel members who I know of who’s suitability to be on the panel is being called into question by the same people.
I suppose I must reluctantly provide a link to The Times article. It’s HERE
I’m not completely distanced from this subject. My own credibility was called into question by this same person. Not only the malicious and untrue lies by a monkey thrown back at me but I was asked if I was related to a person connected to child abuse involved in social services because I shared the same surname. I was completely ignorant of this person before hand and I have no relationship at all as far as I know.
My surname is Sawyer and I know that the head of MI5, a former union leader and a journalist (Miranda Sawyer) share my surname and I’m somewhat proud that those of us descended from people that sawed wood for a living have made good but I’m not related to any of them as far as I know.
This insult was compounded when my good friend Greenlight, a very intelligent and honest mum of two who has, along with the rest of the Needle Team, been totally steadfast and unerringly objective in looking at this sensitive subject. She was accused of being a spy. In front of me. I felt embarrassed.
I’ll not be part of some feeding frenzy, I’ll not be a part of a bloodfest.
I have never heard anything other than good about Barbara Hearn. Never!
All I want to see is some kind of satisfactory resolution to this issue. I’m not going to get involved in a bitch fest.
To the people behind this, I say this; I’m aware of what is going on and I don’t like it. If this continues then I’ll have no alternative but to be more candid on this matter.
I hope that suffices.