Child sex abuse victims have been accused of lying by police and ignored by mental health services, leading to suicide attempts, an official inquiry has found.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) spoke to 56 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse between the ages of 11 and 21, and 77 specialist child sexual abuse support workers.
The findings, published in a report called Engagement with Children and Young People, show children claimed police accused them of lying when they tried to report abuse.
Some people who have claimed to have been abused children have indeed been lying. So, what is anyone supposed to do?
The Britten/Brammall case isn’t the only one either. The whole Satanic Abuse thing was made up out of whole cloth as well. And so on.
It’s also true that some to many children claiming abuse are not lying – abuse happened and they suffered it.
So, how to sort between these two situations?