Above is the video of Ann Clywd MP raising the issue of insurance companies and their part in covering up child sexual abuse in yesterday evening’s Adjournment Debate. The involvement of insurance companies in this issue takes many forms and Ann Clwyd refers to a few examples in her speech. With permission from Teresa Cooper, who very unusually for a survivor has a wealth of documented evidence of her own abuse, I want to give the reader an example of how the influence of insurance companies has been used to prevent survivors of abuse from getting justice.
This example dates from when Teresa was 16 years old when she had been placed in foster care but Teresa also has documented evidence of sexual abuse she suffered when she was below that age while at Kendall House.
For legal reasons I’ve redacted the surname of the foster carers but it should be noted that the record shows that previous to Teresa’s allegation other children who had been placed with this couple had made similar allegations of abuse against the male foster carer, Brian T, and that subsequent to his conviction much later following a complaint made by another girl, Wandsworth Council ceased placing children with him. The assault took place in 1984 and was reported to Wandsworth Social Services and Kent police at the time and Teresa has documented medical evidence of the assault from the time due of the physical injuries she sustained as a result of this incident. However, much of the documentation that I’m using here is from the early 1990s when Teresa again sought justice.
What you’ll note on reading these extracts is that Wandsworth Social Services attempted to discredit Teresa Cooper.
There seems to be a ‘plan’. Wandsworth Social Services will let Kent police investigate and when they find there a “lack of evidence” Teresa will be discredited and shown to be a fantasist.
Unfortunately for Wandsworth Social Services, the big problem with this ‘plan’ is that there isn’t a “lack of evidence”. So how do Wandsworth Social Services overcome this problem ?
They deny Kent police access to the evidence.
And why do Wandsworth Social Services want to do this ?
I’d just like to thank Teresa for allowing me to share this with you. I hope it will help readers to understand why the influence of insurance companies is such an issue in the debate regarding CSA.
I’ve no doubt whatsoever that this clear and documented example is far from isolated.